The best gifts for hikers in 2023

If you’re wondering what to buy for the hiker in your life this year, then look no further. The following selection of cool hiking gear and gadgets is sure to make them smile.

1 Vango Contour 50-60S hiking rucksack

RRP £94

Designed for backpackers and explorers on multi-night expeditions, the Contour 50-60S offers exceptional performance and fit. Recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award due to its Quick Adjust back system, the rucksack allows you to customise for a perfect fit.

2 Dolomite Braies High GTX 2.0 women’s hiking shoes

RRP £180

The perfect footwear for short adventures where you’ll be hiking on gentle trails and exploring urban environments. Combining typical outdoor features like waterproofing and good grip with stylish aesthetics and pioneeristic style.

3 Leatherman Bond EDC Multi-tool

RRP £69.95

Inspired by the original Leatherman PST multi-tool, Bond pairs minimal design with highly functional tools for the job at hand. With 14 tools, including a non-locking knife blade, and wood/metal file, the Bond’s handles are also rounded so your grip is comfortable while working with the pliers. It’s the perfect tool to stick in your rucksack – you never know when it will come in handy.

4 Hill Walking by Steve Long

RRP £19.95

Set yourself up for success in the hills by reading the official handbook of the mountain training walking schemes. Hill Walking is an essential guide to the skills required for summer hill walking, covering every aspect of walking in the hills including route finding, navigation, clothing and equipment, camping, access and conservation, and more.

5 Montane Phase waterproof hiking jacket

RRP £300

Every hiker needs a go-to waterproof walking jacket, and the Phase, which uses a Gore-Tex membrane to keep you dry, is an ideal choice for hillwalkers. At just 430g it’s a lightweight option for those seeking a jacket that will easily stash away in their backpack when not needed.

6 OS Thermal bottle

RRP: £27.99

A wonderful gift for any keen hiker, the OS Thermal bottle will keep your drink hot for six hours or cold for 12. The leakproof lid ensures no spills, while the convenient carry handle ensures ease of use. Available in plenty of designs from the Lake District to the River Thames.

7 OS 100 Outstanding British Walks

RRP: £19.99

The ultimate tick list for any hiker, 100 Outstanding British Walks brings together a collection of the UK’s best hikes. Covering a wide range of experience and abilities, the book includes easy-paced short walks, half-day rambles, and more energetic and challenging excursions for a total of 625 miles of rewarding routes.

8 OS Custom Made Framed and Paper Maps

RRP: from £6.99

Create your own personalised map using the Ordnance Survey’s iconic Explorer & Landranger mapping. These make a wonderful memento, an invaluable tool to plan your dream trip, or the perfect gift for a cartophile.

9 Cumulus Panyam 600 sleeping bag

RRP £269 + vat

Be cosy and warm when it’s time to turn in with the Panyam 600 sleeping bag. This lightweight three-season down sleeping bag is optimal for trips in early spring and late autumn but also perfect for moderately cold winter nights.